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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06KIRKUK103 2006-04-29 11:02 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL REO
Kirkuk
VZCZCXRO8925
PP RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHIHL RUEHMOS
DE RUEHKUK #0103/01 1191102
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P R 291102Z APR 06
FM REO KIRKUK
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0642
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0604
INFO RUCNRAQ/IRAQ COLLECTIVE
RUEHKUK/REO KIRKUK 0670
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KIRKUK 000103 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
BAGHDAD FOR POL, PAO, ROL COORDINATOR, NCT, IRMO 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL:  4/29/2016 
TAGS: PGOV KDEM IZ
SUBJECT: KIRKUK PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS BOYCOTT 
 
REF: 05 KIRKUK 171 
 
KIRKUK 00000103  001.2 OF 002 
 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Scott Dean, Regional Coordinator (Acting), Reo 
Kirkuk, Department of State . 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
 
1.  (SBU) SUMMARY.  Arab council members boycott and Turcoman 
council members threaten to boycott the Kirkuk Provincial 
Council if the Kurdish bloc does not meet their demands. 
 
Boycott Threatened 
------------------ 
 
2.  (SBU)  On April 18, Turcoman and Arab council members 
finally submitted candidates for provincial council leadership 
positions left vacant since the August 8, 2005 agreement 
(REFTEL).  After eight months, they decided that an Arab would 
fill the deputy governor position, while the Turcoman would 
receive the remaining four posts. 
 
3. (SBU)  Arab and Turcoman representatives on April 20 sent 
letters to the Provincial Council chairman, demanding that their 
candidates be ratified and that the remaining points of the 
August 8 agreement be implemented within three days or they 
would boycott.  The PC Chairman took offense to this action, and 
as a result, all ethnic blocs are resorting to contrary 
positions, with the Arabs boycotting and the Turcoman 
threatening non-participation if demands are not met. 
 
Kurdish position 
---------------- 
 
4.  (SBU)  The PC Chairman was frustrated that it took the two 
minority blocs eight months to come to an agreement and suddenly 
were giving him 72 hours to respond.  He argued that the 
original agreement had expired and that not all Turcoman members 
had agreed on the new compromise.  (NOTE.  The agreement did 
call for candidates to be named by September 2005.  We have 
heard conflicting reports that either five or seven of the nine 
Turcoman members agreed to the plan.  END NOTE.)  The PC 
Chairman called for special meetings to discuss the Arab and 
Turcoman demands on April 21 and again on April 23, with the USG 
participating as observers.  He has threatened to withhold 
council members' privileges including pay, office space, and 
security if they continued to boycott. 
 
Arab position 
------------- 
 
5.  (SBU)  On April 18, Arab members sent a letter to the PC 
Chairman with a list of demands, notifying the council of a 
boycott that became effective immediately.  The demands stemmed 
from the August 2005 agreement concerning the leadership 
positions, but also enumerated several complaints, including 
hiring practices in Kirkuk, the Kurdification of the province, 
and the existence of Kurdish intelligence and militias that 
continue to target the Arab population.  The Arab bloc agreed to 
attend the meetings to discuss these complaints, but failed to 
show on both occasions. 
 
Turcoman position 
----------------- 
 
6.  (SBU)  The Turcoman delivered a letter to the PC Council 
Chairman with similar demands as the Arabs.  The Turcoman 
attended the first meeting to discuss their demands, but failed 
to accomplish much because the discussion devolved into an 
argument with the Kurdish bloc about whether their "suspension" 
or boycott was already effective, or if it would only come into 
effect if demands were not met.  The Turcoman failed to attend 
the second meeting, sending a last minute note that stated they 
would be celebrating a Turcoman political holiday instead.  The 
Turcoman bloc is not unified on the agreement concerning the 
leadership positions or the boycott and several members continue 
to work on daily council business. 
 
Comment 
------- 
 
8. (C)  The Arab and Turcoman groups are aggravated at Kurdish 
dominance of provincial leadership.  Their moves to boycott or 
threaten to boycott when they feel they are not being heard has 
been an effective tool in the past for garnering U.S. 
intervention on their behalf.  The Kurds are accommodative to a 
point and are able to play politics more effectively by seeming 
to be the only group willing to negotiate. 
 
Background note on provincial council 
------------------------------------- 
 
KIRKUK 00000103  002.2 OF 002 
 
 
 
9.  (C)  The Kirkuk provincial council consists of 41 members 
and is dominated by the Kirkuk Brotherhood List (KBL), which 
holds 26 seats.  The KBL is Kurd-dominated, with PUK and KDP 
members controlling the agenda.  The KBL also has 3 Arabs, 2 
Turcoman, and 1 Assyrian member: but these members are 
marginalized, always vote with the list, and often are 
considered "quislings" for working so closely with the Kurds. 
Rizgar Ali (PUK Kurd) is the PC Chairman and effectively leads 
the KBL.  The list holds an outright majority and has the 
ability to conduct council business without the other blocs. 
Thus far, however, the KBL has attempted to remain inclusive and 
has allowed the ethnic minority groups to participate, due to 
its own practical reasons, as well as coalition pressure to 
retain ethnic cooperation. 
 
10.  (C)  Due to lack of participation in the last elections, 
the Arab bloc consists of six members derived from two political 
parties and two tribal groups.  Arab bloc members often state 
that Arabs form a majority of the population in Kirkuk province, 
and their demands reflect that mindset.  The Arab members 
interest in local government is generally limited to their 
desire to receive funding to be spent at their discretion.  Less 
than half the bloc is actively engaged in provincial council 
business. 
 
11.  (C)  The Turcoman group consists of nine members that are 
separated into many different political parties.  The most 
defined subgroup consists of the Shia and Sunni groups, the 
latter being dominated by the Iraqi Turcoman Front (ITF). 
ORESTE

 


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